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Laura: A Creole Plantation

2247 Hwy 18, Vacherie, LA 70090
+1 225-265-7690
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Vacherie
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's Creoles who lived apart from the American mainstream for over 200 years at... more » Owner description: Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's Creoles who lived apart from the American mainstream for over 200 years at this historic site Laura's acclaimed tour, named by the Lonely Planet Travel Network as the "Best History tour in the US," is based upon 5,000 pages of documents discovered in the French National Archive and upon Laura Locoul's "Memories of the Old Plantation Home," handwritten in St. Louis, Missouri in 1936. This 70-minute guided tour focuses on actual events in the lives of plantation owners, women, slaves, and children, their traditions, customs, mores, their folklore, the skilled workmanship of enslaved African artisans and the complex personal relationships they all had with each other at this and other sugar plantations on the Great River Road.

Through life-sized figures, portraits, photos, slave and business records, weapons, clothing, heirlooms, and furniture, visitors are brought face-to-face with some remarkable Creole personalities whose stories are rich in documented detail. The intimate, honest examination of their lives fully reveals what is essentially a tale of human personal tragedy and the eventual disintegration of Louisiana's original Creole culture. Your Laura experience begins with a visit through the Maison Principale (built 1805), then onto the plantation grounds, into the formal French Garden, kitchen garden and Banana-Land grove, concluding in the 1840s slave cabins where the ancient west-African folktales of Compair Lapin (known in English as that legendary rascal "B'rer Rabbit") were recorded. Located in the heart of New Orleans Plantation Country just off Interstate-10, halfway to Baton Rouge, the Laura Plantation complex is surrounded by fields of sugarcane and includes 12 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, barns, cottages, slave cabins, dowager house (1829) and plantation store (gift shop). 

 La visite de la Plantation Laura se fait en francais tous les jours a 11h, 13h, et 15h. 

 Laura is open daily from 9:30AM - 5PM except for major holidays. The first tour of the day begins at 10AM with tours beginning approximately every 40 minutes thereafter until the last tour of the day at 4PM. 

 Before or after your Laura tour, enjoy authentic, homestyle Cajun food at B&C Seafood Market and Cajun Restaurant right next door.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Visited today 10/14. Fascinating history inherent in the plantation story but extremely poor tour guide (Doug). He rushed us through a scripted tour in a glib and perfunctory manner. He demonstrated little interest in responding to questions from the group and provided only the minimum additional information; he had no interest in engaging with the group even over questions relating... More

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This was an interesting tour. There's A LOT of history at this plantation and it's very cool to feel like you have a look into it. The guide was such a great storyteller and it made the whole thing that much better. Unique and worthwhile destination.

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California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

I booked a tour in 2004, not knowing the plantation had burned down a few months prior. Unfortunately, they did not tell me this when I purchased the tickets. A utter let down when we arrived to see burned buildings and not much else. Certainly not their fault however, it would have been the honest thing to inform me of... More

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Laura P, Public Relations Manager at Laura: A Creole Plantation, responded to this review

Thank for your feedback. To clarify, while the Maison Principale at Laura Plantation was severely damaged by fire in 2004, more than TEN YEARS AGO, it did not *burn down* and has been fully restored and open to guests SINCE DECEMBER 2006. We can assure you that all of our tour operator and transportation company partners received thorough talking points... More

Dallas, Texas
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

this was a lot of fun. Our guide told a nice story of what it was like here This one is must to learn and see the difference between a creole plantation and a Anglo plantation

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The Laura plantation home tour is exceptionally well done. The guide was born and raised in the area, spoke French and was well versed in all the historic home's facts. One of the owners wrote a memoir in addition to over 5000 documents that were found describing the original family, their history, slave life and the rigors of living during... More

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Woodbury Heights, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

This Creole plantation is a must stop. I knew very little about the Creole life, and to find out that women had so much freedom and business control was amazing. Our guide Lawson was perfect. He told the history of the times and many incidents about the life of "Laura" upon whose memoirs the tour was partially based. He inspired... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Laura plantation is not the most beautiful plantation but it's a must-see plantation! Our guide was very knowledgeable about the family and the area. The tour is very interesting and instructive. And finally, there is a plantation where the guide are talking about the slaves and their life on the plantations. The tour could be also in french language with... More

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Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Again our storytelling guide made this trip. He also guided us through this plantation and has a very good knowledge of the history of the palantation as well as the family that owned it. I would like to reccomend this tour to anyone including families with childern, as some youngesters in our group seem to be happy and well entertained.

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Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The Guide was great she was very knowledgeable and entertaining. A must do for the tourist to tour this planation ,great souvenirs in the gift shop. A step back in time so to say.

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Newburgh, IN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Stopped here during our travels in Louisiana. A very early representation of Creole plantation. The tour guide whose name was Brian, was exceptional. Highly recommend a visit.

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